Illuminate Yaletown / Olympic Winter Games Anniversary Events – Review

Last weekend was fully packed with great events! Nooo….not only the phenomenal INTERNeX Karaoke Night on Saturday Night! 😉

On Friday, Vancouver got warmed up for an exciting weekend by Illuminate Yaletown. Taking place on two nights, Hamilton and Mainland Street were illuminated by unique art installations. Building frontages were shining in all colours imaginable, artists performed fanciful shows in front of ice sculptures and so on… I went to this event and although it was raining heavily, I was immediately caught by this mystic atmosphere that the combinations of light, sculptures and animations were creating.

Saturday was fully packed with events all around the 1st Anniversary of the Olympic Winter Games.

And because it is an event that most of us, may it be intern or candidate, will probably not experience a second time, I grabbed my umbrella, took the Skytrain to downtown and was truly surprised about how many people were actually going to the events, although it was such bad weather.

 

A part of Granville Street was cordoned off and artists were performing shows, one could play street hockey, hold an Olympic torch and even meet the athletes! That was really cool! The best moment of the day was probably the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza at 4pm. Luckily, I was on time and got one of the best spots! More and more people pilgrimage to the plaza, a lot of them wearing the famous blue jackets. As we were all waiting, suddenly somebody started to sing the national anthem of Canada and one after another, everybody was joining until the whole place was filled with the sweet sound of “Oh Canada!”. It did not happen only once but 3 or 4 times that the anthem resounded by the Canadians around me. It gave me a really good feeling since among all the locals, I (the German girl from far far away) felt like one of them…

Finally, at 4.30pm, one of the officials entered the Plaza, followed by a big group of former volunteers. He held a short speech and then…. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3…2…1…..BAM! The cauldron got ignited and thousands of people were going crazy! Everybody was cheering, singing, dancing!

It is hard to describe this moment, therefore I filmed it! 😉 Check I out if you missed out on Saturday.

For more pictures visit our Flickr page! 🙂

 

Cheers,

Ziska

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

The INTERNeX 2010 Blog review – 1. Quarter

This year’s INTERNeX Blog highlights will be published within the next four days. Every day the best and most interesting articles will be made accessible for you, written by one of our many, great interns!

The Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver 2010
The biggest event to look back to this year are the Winter Olympics 2010 in Vancouver.  We all can agree that this event was just amazing. Am I right!?
The Olympics lasted for to 2 weeks from the 12th until the 28th of January 2010 where our glory Ice-hockey team won the 14th gold medal in an exciting game against the USA.
Here are the highlights of this glory event:
The opening ceremony – Torch Light Celebration
The games started with the Torch Light Celebration on the 5th of January.  The light initially was lid in Greece on the 22nd of October last year and traveled about 45.000 kilometers around the world to its final destination in Whistler were it was laid to rest in its final destination.
A few of my friends were actually in Whistler on that day and saw the ceremony. The atmosphere was just incredible they told me later on. I wish I would have been there but I will try to make it to Sochi in Russia where the Winter Olympics will be held in 2014. 😉
The whole article can be found here.

First gold medal!
Canada’s Olympic performance was just incredible wasn’t it!? That finally meant rank 1 for Canada, wooohoo. Go Canada.
Our first Olympic Gold Medalist was Alexandre Bilodeau in the free style skiing-men’s Moguls with a winning score of 26.75. He was actually the winner who started the Canadian “gold rush” which brought us 14 golden medals in the end.
I just love Canada for these medals. What do you want more? We hosted the games, we welcomed our guests from all over the world with such a lovely hospitality and in the end we even earned the total victory…
More info about the first gold medals is available  under the following link.

Women’s gold medal game
Canada and Ice-Hockey, this combination matches in such good way. It is being considered even greater than love! 😉 We truly can say and be proud of having the best national Ice-Hockey team in the world, can’t we?!?! The women’s gold medal which was won on the 25th of January against the USA reflects that best.  We dominated the game and we deservedly won 3:2 against the US team in the women’s ice-hockey final.
To read a nice, little story about this glory event click here.

The End of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and the Farewell World
The Winter Olympics ended with an incredibly, thrilling Ice-Hockey game between our men and the USA team.  It nearly seemed that we would win the game and sent the USA back home. However 24 seconds before the end the Americans tapped in a rebound to send our game into overtime.  But that wasn’t a problem for the Canadian team whatsoever. We kept a cool head, played very professional and in the end went for the gold medal. Crazy, all Canada was dancing, partying and celebrating.  Whole Canada was cheering and clapping their hands.
Canada said good bye to the world and all the athletes with a light-hearted goodbye ceremony. More than 2600 athletes participated in this great event.
The Canadian ‘own the podium’ program has been rightly justified as the country ended with the most gold medals EVER WON at the Olympic Winter Games.
14 gold medals!
7 silver medals!
5 bronze medals!
You guys were awesome!
Our great interns from summer documented the winning moment in such a thrilled way. Check it out!
https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/the-end-of-the-vancouver-2010-winter-olympics/
https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/farewell-world/
2010 Paralympics’ Torch Relay Coming Soon!
After the Winter Olympics were over, another huge event followed soon. Yeah that’s true, Vancouver was also the host of the Paralympic Winter games of 2010. It all started with the Torch Relay which finally lid the Paralympics’ flame on the 12th of March 2010. If you are interest and want to read further click here.

Vancouver Welcomes CLUB 560
One of the biggest night clubs in Vancouver opened its doors in the end of March. It is way bigger than the usual night clubs in Vancouver which most of the times just consist of one or two bars and one main dance floor. Club 560 consists of a 28,000 sq. ft big area spread out over 4 FLOORS.  In particular it means that you are able to dance on 4 types of different music. The basement is turned into a unisex bathroom with its own bar, DJ and dance floor. That sounds awesome doesn’t it?? You will also have the possibility to just chill out on the long thin lounge on the main floor. Check out the whole article.

Tomorrow we will provide you with more interesting INTERNeX 2010 highlights of the months April, May and June!
Thus, do not forget to check it out!!

Your PR intern George!!

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

Whistler Cup 2010

Whistler Cup is an international ski event organized by the Whistler Ski Club and hosted by Whistler Blackcomb. Having completed its  17th year, Whistler Cup has grown to become the largest and most important ski race in North America, and internationally, for athletes aged 11 – 14 years. With hundreds of young athletes from 23 countries, the Whistler Cup brings together children from many different cultures around the world.  Following the success of Whistler as a host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Whistler Cup is the must-attend race for athletes and partners not only in the US and Canada, but around the world. For many of our young Canadian athletes this is the first opportunity they have to meet and ski with the world’s best.

This is where the Olympic dreams start! North America’s only FIS-sanctioned race for juvenile ski racers age 11-14. Taking place up on Whistler Mountain April 9th -11th. Now in it’s 18th year, the 2010 Whistler Cup event promises to be a banner year, with 21 national teams and 375 racers already confirmed!

For information on race schedules and about the event in general visit the official website

Shinya a.k.a MAX

So last week when I was trying to figure out our next potential candidate for the “expose” post, I was wracking my brain trying to find someone that could truly give us a glimpse into the “INTERNeX experience”. Little did I know but I had this person right in the office with me sitting across the room. Can you guess who it is? It’s Shinya! This once shy Japanese boy came to Canada and managed to see more places and do more things in one year then I’ve done in the past nine years that I’ve lived here. So yeah since he did just about everything that was possible and participated in every one of our programs he is the perfect candidate!

What is your name?
My name is Shinya but my “Canadian” name is Max

Where are you originally from?
Kobe, Japan

Why did you choose Canada as the location of your placement?
Well I’d been to Australia and New Zealand so Canada just seemed like the next stop for me

How did you find about INTERNeX International Exchange?
I found about it through the Japanese Embassy

Which program(s) did you participate in throughout your stay in Canada?
Well I actually participated in all three of the programs offered by INTERNeX

haha O.k. well let’s take this one program at a time then…What was the first program that you enrolled in?
Initially I started off with the hospitality program because I thought that this would be the best opportunity to improve my English skills and truly immerse myself into the Canadian culture. I was placed in Lake Louise, Alberta and for the first month I was a Dishwasher then when the second month came around I continued to do Dishwashing but in addition to this I was both a server and a clerk in the resort gift shop. After a total of 3 1/2 months working at the resort I moved back to Vancouver and applied for the PR/Communications internship offered by INTERNeX at their Vancouver office. The reason why I chose to taken on this position was because I thought that this would be able to take my experience to the next level and be that final step towards breaking me out of my shell. I was an intern at the office for 5 months but due to the fact that the internship was unpaid I had to find another means of gaining an income so I could continue to stay in Canada. Thankfully INTERNeX was gracious enough to set me up with a coffee shop located just a few blocks away from the office in Gastown. It was at this location that I worked as a Barista for 4 months. Then during the 2009 Christmas Break I decided since I’d already done the other two programs why not do it all…so i enrolled in the Ranchstay program. For two weeks I was placed on a mixed farm in Montana where I had many “firsts”. For the first time in my life I rode horses, fed cows, herded buffalo and took care of numerous farm animals. This was definitely something that will stay with me forever. And last but not least, most of you know that Vancouver was the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics so before I returned home I thought what better way to end my trip then to try and get a job in the Olympics…so that’s what I did. I hired on as a member of the event service staff who were responsible for assisting media personnel and essentially acting as security by ensuring that everyone had the correct accreditation in order to gain entrance into the media tent. Throughout the few weeks that I worked there I met a considerable amount of athletes/celebrities. Some of the most memorable ones are Aiko Uemura, the Japanese Mogul Skier, Russian Figure Skating silver medalist, Evgeni Plushenko, Gold Figure Skating Couple, Tesse Virtue & Scott Moir, and last but not least BC Premier, Gordon Campbell

What was one of your most memorable moments of your entire stay?
I would have to say it was throughout my entire hospitality placement. It was such an entirely new and scary experience for me. For the first time in my life I was living all by myself in a foreign country where I knew no one. At first it was really hard but the staff that I worked with soon enough became my family and all my previous fears were completely gone!

If you to choose one program that you would recommend, which one would it be and why?
The internship program because it really helped me to grow on both a personal and professional level. Even though it is not a paid position the benefits that you reap are invaluable and it truly helped me to make lifelong connections with people from all over the world. Every day I was exposed to something new and I cannot even begin to explain how this has made me who I am today

What are some of the skills that you gained from your internship placement?
Good customer service skills, communication skills both intra and inter personal, building trust and numerous web site building skills

What one place/event/festival would you encourage people to check out?
Definitely Stanley Park. This amazing park, less than a mile from downtown Vancouver, is one of the city’s main tourist attractions and offers over 1,000 acres of an evergreen oasis. The park is full of wildlife and sometimes there is just nothing better then just to relax and take in the natural surroundings…it truly made me forget at times that i was still in the city

So what are you planning on doing once you return home to Kobe?
First i am planning on going back to University and to continue on with my environmental studies and I am also working on maintaining my connection with INTERNeX by recruiting Japanese University Students for the Ranchstay program. So it’s not really over yet…

If you have any more questions or queries about our programs please do not hesitate to contact us at the office:

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: info@internexcanada.com

Employee of the Month

Hey, how is every-body doing??

2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic is upon us. A lot of people are coming to Vancouver from all over the world to share a very exciting time with us. That means every store will be insanely busy. I am pretty sure that our clients in Vancouver are already working much harder than usual, because of this great international event. With this, I just came up with an idea to motivate INTERNeX clients to work in the Vancouver area.

It is called “Employee of the Month”. This new event is so that we decide who is the best employee. The person who is chosen as the best employee will get a great prize. I am going to ask your employers about who they think is the greatest employee in their store and why. After that, we are going to decide who will be the “Employee of the Month”. I hope this event will be a chance to motivate you to work and improve your skills more and more. Employee of the Month is planning to be held every month and if it is possible, expand to the area of Toronto, Whistler and The Rockies. I will update you all by the end of this month who will be the Employee of the Month. I hope you look forward to it!!!! Contact me at Shinya@internexcanada.com for any suggestions.

Thank you

INTERNeX Staff House Party 2010-01-30

Hey, how are you doing??

Vancouver is ready for 2010 Winter Olympic. And as you have already noticed, a lot of the Olympic staff is wearing clear blue uniforms and is working all over the Vancouver area. Besides, most of stores in downtown will be open till midnight or 24 hours during the Olympics. I can not wait to be a part of 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic and share such a nice time with you. These days, many people go out for parties in order to pump themselves up for such a great event.
I went to the INTERNeX Staff House Party last Saturday. It was so much fun!!! A lot of people who do not live in the Staff House showed up. I really enjoyed drinking and dancing with them and was really that I could expand my network of friends. I really do appreciate them for giving us such a good memory, thanks to the organizer of the party “Anandita” who lives in INTERNeX Staff House. Here is her comment below:

“It’s always fun when friends get together. But when they get together with a theme, now that’s madness. I enjoyed the INTERNeX staff house party this Saturday. The theme was Hippy, so everywhere you saw there were flowers, colours, and oversized accessories. I caught up with some old faces and met some new people, all in the name of peace. It was a great way to let myself loose and enjoy a great time. Everyone was welcomed with beads, colour, music, a drinking game and open arms. Over 30 people attended this awesome blast where friends made more friends. The party started about at 9pm and run on through till 3:30am in the morning. It was just a great experience”

Please check out pictures on our flicker page and face book. You can see how much fun it was.

Thank you!!!